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Faculty Development - RowanSOM: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Resources for clinical and academic faculty


The following definitions are from "The Language of Identity: Using inclusive terminology at Rowan University": 

  • Diversity - Variety in group presence and interactions based on a broad spectrum of demographic, cultural, personal experiences and philosophical differences.
  • Inclusion - The intentional action of including groups in society who may otherwise be vulnerable, excluded or marginalized.
  • Bias - A bias is a preference for or against something or someone whether conscious or unconscious.
  • Microaggression - Brief and commonplace verbal, nonverbal and environmental insults against someone based on their identity. They do not have to be intentional.
  • Ally - Someone from one identity group that actively supports members of another group.

Rowan DEI Statements for Syllabi

DEI Recommended Syllabus Language

The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion would like to encourage all faculty to include the syllabus language below that addresses the reporting of all types of discrimination and bias in the protected categories.

Rowan University Discrimination (Title VI) and Sexual Misconduct and Harassment (Title IX) Reporting

Rowan University's Statement on Diversity
Rowan University promotes a diverse community that begins with students, faculty, staff, and administration who respect each other and value each other’s dignity. By identifying and removing barriers and fostering individual potential, Rowan will cultivate a community where all members can learn and grow. The Rowan University community is committed to a safe environment that encourages intellectual, academic, and social interaction and engagement across multiple intersections of identities. At Rowan University, creating and maintaining a caring community that embraces diversity in its broadest sense is among the highest priorities.

Rowan University Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Reporting, and Title IX
Rowan University and its faculty and staff are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. Title IX makes it clear that sexual misconduct and harassment based on sex and gender is a Civil Rights offense subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against protected categories such as race, national origin, etc.

University faculty and staff members are required to report any instances of sexual misconduct or harassment, to the University’s Title IX Coordinator so that the appropriate resources and support options are provided. Please report any incidents of sexual misconduct and harassment by clicking HERE. What this means is that as your professor, I am required to report any incidents of sexual misconduct and harassment that are directly reported to me, or of which I am somehow made aware. See Rowan’s policy, Student Sexual Misconduct and Harassment.

Rowan University Discrimination and Harassment Reporting, and Title VI 
Rowan University prohibits discrimination, whether verbal, written, physical or psychological under the University’s Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace and Educational Environment. Please report any incidents of discrimination and harassment by clicking HERE. In addition, as your professor, I am required to report any incidents of discrimination and harassment that are directly reported to me, or of which I am somehow made aware. Please see below available resources:

Confidential Resources:

  • Glassboro: The Wellness Center, Winans Hall, 856-256-4333
  • CMSRU: Support Services-Cooper Medical School of Rowan University or Rutgers Student Wellness Program, 856-770-5750
  • SOM: Rowan-Virtua SOM Student Mental Health Center, 856-482-9000

Non-Confidential Resources:

  • Office of Student Equity and Compliance (OSEC), Savitz Hall 203, 856-256-5830
  • Public Safety, Bole Annex, 856-256-4911

To learn more about Title IX go to:
To learn more about Title VI go to:

General Resources

Please see the following Research and Resource Sites.

Rowan University

Outside Resources

RowanSOM Recorded Events

GME Faculty Development Seminar
6/10/22, 7:30am-10:30am

  • Cultivating Belonging for GME Trainees
    Presenter: Yvonne Ortiz, MEd, Rowan-Virtua SOM, Director, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

2/15/22, 7am-8am

Presenter: Anthony Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE
Co-President/CEO of Cooper University Health Care and the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Summarize the evidence of a compassion crisis in healthcare.
  2. Describe how compassionate care is associated with measurable patient benefits.
  3. Implement techniques to increase compassionate care.
  4. Explain the quantifiable benefits of compassionate care for healthcare systems.
  5. Apply compassion to reduce burnout among healthcare workers.


Steps to Create Rigorous and Inclusive Mentoring and Training Systems
1/18/22, 7am-8am

Presenter: William McDade, MD, PhD
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, ACGME


Community Grand Rounds: Own Your Definition of Success

Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, FACOFP
President-Elect, American Osteopathic Foundation

Human Trafficking and the Healthcare Response

Nicole Leopardi, MD, FAAP, and E. Renee Cantwell, DNP, RN
NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Program Description: Preventing trafficking, recognizing victimization, and intervening appropriately requires a public health approach that incorporates rigorous research on the risk factors, health impact, and effective treatment options for exploited individuals. Health care professionals need training to recognize possible signs of exploitation and to intervene appropriately.

This program will present information about human trafficking, signs that a patient may be a victim of trafficking as well as directions on how to intervene and assist victims.

Diversity Week (2021)

Panel Discussion: Black Men in White Coats

Moderators: Dr. Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, Associate Dean of Diversity and Community Affairs, CMSRU & Yvonne Ortiz, Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Rowan-Virtua SOM
Panelists: Dr. Bayo Adunbarin, Dr. David Clemons, Dr. Guy Hewlett, Dr. Troy L. Randle

Program Description: CMSRU and Rowan-Virtua SOM hosted a virtual screening of the documentary Black Men in White Coats with a panel discussion.  What are the experiences, conditions, and environments to help more Black men become physicians to serve diverse communities? 

Connecting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to Medical Education and Practice

Yvonne Ortiz, MEd. Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Rowan-Virtua SOM)

Program Description: Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are terms frequently used, but erroneously understood in the context of American higher education and medicine.  In this interactive professional learning, participants will learn DEI concepts to develop a shared language and its relevance to enhance working environments and patient care.  Topics include:  how race and racism has permeated American medicine, a basic understanding of implicit bias and microaggressions, and how these concepts impact health disparities and apply to a medical education setting.

Implicit Bias in the Exam Chair

Dr. Adrienne Rigueur, SOM Alumna '06

Program Description: SNMA, the Dean’s Office and the Office of Student Affairs and Alumni Engagement hosted a Community Grand Rounds Lecture on January 25, "Implicit Bias in the Exam Chair" with SOM Alumna, Dr. Adrienne Rigueur '06.

Equitable Care and COVID-19: Understanding and Addressing Challenges of Medical Mistrust and Misinformation

Dr. Charles Senteio, PhD, MBA, LCSW, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information

Program Description: Dr. Charles Senteio will provide historical context for why contemporary factors seem to easily sow medical mistrust and misinformation. He will outline that just as social determinants of health put certain populations more at risk of COVID-19 exposure, infection, hospitalization, and death, social factors also influence the spread and uptake of misinformation and level of mistrust. Unlike other health outcomes characterized by persistent inequity, inequitable uptake of a future COVID-19 vaccine has direct implications for all of us. Dr. Senteio will offer his perspectives on how to provide quality care in this dynamic information and shifting social environment.

Racism in Medicine Conference (2020)